Kakadu National Park

Common questions about Kakadu

How much is a Kakadu park pass?

Kakadu has a seasonal pricing structure, with lower prices during our tropical summer from November to May. Family passes are available for two adults and two or more children. 

Northern Territory residents go free with proof of residency.

View the full pricing breakdown.

Where does my park pass money go?

100% of revenue is invested back into the park. This helps to provide the visitor services and facilities you enjoy, preservation of the World Heritage environment and cultural sites, as well as payments to the traditional owners, supporting their homelands, training, and business development. Learn more about where your park pass money goes

When is the best time to visit Kakadu?

Kakadu is open all year round. During the tropical summer some areas are closed due to flooding. But many iconic sites, like Nourlangie, Ubirr and Yellow Water Wetlands can be accessed whether it’s wet or dry. Find out more about when to visit.

Do I need a 4WD to visit Kakadu?

Some parts of Kakadu can only be accessed by 4WD. But many can be reached with a 2WD -including our world-famous rock art sites at Nourlangie and Ubirr, and Yellow Water Wetlands. Learn more about getting around Kakadu

How do I book a campsite?

There’s no need to book ahead at our managed campgrounds as they operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and the onsite campground manager will collect your camping fees.

Bush campgrounds are unmanaged, and there’s no need to book. Just turn up and set up camp. Some are free while others have a small fee. The fee can be left in the deposit box. 

There are also a number of commercial campgrounds in Kakadu, which can be booked directly with the resorts.

Can I bring my dog into Kakadu?

Unfortunately, under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act, dogs are not permitted in Commonwealth National Parks. 

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs may be brought into the park. but must be kept on a leash not more than three metres long. 

Can I fly my drone in Kakadu?

For a whole range of reasons remote controlled devices including planes and drones are not permitted in Kakadu. Operating a drone is an offence under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act unless done in accordance with the management plan or authorised by a permit. 

How can I work as a volunteer in Kakadu?

Kakadu doesn’t have a volunteer program but Conservation Volunteers Australia run programs in the Top End, and across Australia. You can search for options to suit your dates, interests and preferred region on their website.

Are there any jobs available in Kakadu?

All ongoing vacancies are advertised on the Department of the Environment and Energy website. Many are also advertised in APS Jobs and some are advertised in major newspapers such as the Weekend Australian or the Canberra Times.

Is it safe to swim in Kakadu?

We don’t recommend that people swim in Kakadu’s waterways, but some people choose to do so at their own risk. Some places are safer to swim than others. Some of the pools up on the escarpment, above the water falls, are less likely to be accessible to crocs. Find out more about croc safety in Kakadu.

Can I use an image from your website?

Please email the media team for assistance, or call them on 0439 582 686.

I’d like to write a story about Kakadu. How do I contact your media team? 

Please email the media team for assistance, or call them on 0439 582 686.

Is Kakadu suitable for children?

Kakadu is great for children. There are plenty of shorter bush walks, and amazing sights at every turn. It’s a fascinating environment guaranteed to stimulate their curiosity, open their eyes to other cultures and satisfy their thirst for adventure.

Our ranger-guided walks and talk, and hands-on painting and weaving workshops are particular favourites with younger visitors.

Please contact Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120 if you’d like more advice on visiting with children.

Can I get help with my itinerary so I don’t miss out on anything?

We love helping visitors plan their visit. We’ve put together some suggested itineraries, to help you have the best time. Whether you’re coming in the tropical summer or the dry, for a quick getaway or a week-long adventure, we’ll help you tick off all the iconic sites and experiences. 

If you need advice on any part of your Kakadu trip please call staff at Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120. 

Do I need a permit to visit parts of Kakadu?

If you want to bushwalk overnight, or camp outside designated campsites you’ll need a permit.  

If you’re planning to take photos for a commercial purpose (eg to sell or to promote your business) you’ll need a photography permit.

Are you conducting research? You’ll need a research permit. 

All permit applications can be found here.